HTC has confirmed that they will officially start rolling the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for its very own flagship, the HTC One M8, this week. This was announced earlier on Twitter by HTC Vice President Mo Versi.
He mentioned that the users could expect to see the release this week. It will be the last KitKat update for this device ahead of Android L, but HTC says it will include the latest fixes from Android 4.4.4.
As to why not directly updating to Android 4.4.4, the HTC VP explained that the security fixes Google introduced in 4.4.4 has already been included in the Android 4.4.3 build for HTC One M8.
“We’ve incorporated the security fixes from 4.4.4 into 4.4.3,” noted Versi. Android 4.4.3 was mostly a bug-fixing release and most of the visible improvements introduced in it were mainly for the Nexus devices.
Technically, it’s Android 4.4.3 but with it comes the vital security fixes from 4.4.4. As long as the security fixes from 4.4.4 are coming, users will be satisfied–especially with that Android L upgrade waiting to happen.
The update is only for the unlocked and international variant of the HTC One M8. No word yet has been released as to when the carrier variants would get the update.
Accordingly, some owners of the international and unlocked variant of One M7 have already started receiving updates for Android 4.4.3 on their devices.
It’s also good to know that the company has been living up to its current reputation for providing timely updates for its devices. Seemingly, this set will continue. HTC has already promised that when Google releases the code for the next-generation update-the Android L-which is expected to be in fall, it will be pushed to the One M8 and also to the original HTC One (M7) within 90 days.
Aside from Google, Motorola is the only OEM that has already updated its devices into Android 4.4.3. Just recently, it has also begun rolling its updates of Android 4.4.4. If HTC manages to stick to its timeframe, it will be possible for the company to even beat the likes of Sony and Samsung in spoon-feeding the updates on Android KitKat to the users of their high-end devices.